When the Indiana State Climate Office staff sat down to looking for big snows over the past century, more or less, they programmed the computer to list certain snow events over a certain amount.
The amount they entered into the computer depend on where the weather station was located. For locations farther north, they entered a higher number. For locations farther south, they entered lower numbers.
That's because as you move south in Indiana, the number of "big" snows over history decrease significantly. To find a number of rather large snows, the staff started with a lower total per snow event.
At Boonville in southern Indiana, they asked the computer to select snows that were more than 5.5 inches. At Martinsville, the computer was set to pick out snows of 7 inches or more. For Angola in northern Indiana, it searched for snows of 9 inches or greater.
At Boonville, 16 single snow events have topped 5.5 inches since 1897. That's roughly one every seven years. At Martinsville, 12 snows have topped 7 inches since 1922, and at Angola, only 15 snows of 9 inches are more have been recorded since 1893.
For Angola, the largest single snow event was back in February of 1900, when the station received 18 inches in one snow. A 14- inch snow fell on April 8, 1957, and a 14-inch snow also fell on March 5, 1899.
At Martinsville, the single highest snow event was 10 inches on January 3, 1996. The second highest snow event occurred on January 6 of this year, at 9.2 inches. Two of the 12 snow events of 9 inches or more occurred in March.
For Boonville, the largest single snow was 9.8 inches on Christmas Eve, 2004. Two of the 16 biggest snows have fallen in November, and one in March.
Don't forget to send in your entry for the Winter Seed Giveaway contest. Guess the total accumulation this winter from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 at Angola, Martinsville and Boonville.
See the magazine's December and January issues in the Marketing section for an entry form and more details.